The activity of the centre will involve a) internal research seminars and workshops drawing digital culture researchers from various A&H departments to discuss from their specific disciplinary angles issues of common interest, as well as to conduct brainstorming sessions to develop common projects; b) highly visible public events, building on the successful track record of digital culture conferences (2012-2015), and exploring cross-cutting themes of interest for scholars in various departments; c) collective research projects to be funded through both small and large grants; grant capture will be facilitated by the centre, through dedicated research workshops and admin staff support.


The centre will initially focus on 4 streams of research, which represent the main topics the prospective centre participants are currently working on: 1) the use of digital media by political actors, including social movements, parties and terrorist groups; 2) the effect of big data on contemporary society and culture, with particular reference to issues of privacy and social knowledge; 3) the use of digital media as a form of cultural expression, in areas as gaming, and film; 4) social media and the transformation of everyday life social interactions and self-perception. Each of these streams of research will have its own coordinator, responsible for liaising with members of staff interested in this issue and organizing dedicated events.